Mike Barklow tests out the trails at Mag 7 home of the first Enduro Cup stop May 4, 2013. [Photo by C. Olson/MSI / Courtesy Enduro Cup Series]

Moab is the first stop of three for the 2013 Enduro Cup series on Saturday, May 4.

The first Enduro mountain bike race held in Utah was at the 2012 Bell Wasatch Enduro at Canyons Resort. This year, the 2013 Enduro Cup will feature three races and crown a series champion. The expansion to three trails on three different weekends was intended to provide athletes with more opportunities to compete on a variety of Utah’s mountain bike terrain.

Enduro races are a growing genre of off-road racing that challenges speed, power, endurance and bike handling skills.

The Moab stop features the Magnificent 7 area, also known as Mag 7. It begins at the Bull Run Trailhead north of Moab off State Route 313. The total course is 17.5 miles, however, the timed portions total 6.5 miles and feature an 1800-foot descent.

The first portion at Upper Bull Run is 1.83 miles. This portion has a 350-foot elevation gain and 704-foot elevation loss. The second portion at Lower Bull Run is 1.5 miles and has a 121-foot elevation gain and 318-foot elevation loss. The third timed portion is at Arth’s Corner. It is 1.45 miles and has a 133-foot elevation gain and 343-foot elevation loss. The fourth timed portion is the Great Escape at 1.72 miles with a 55-foot elevation gain and 394-foot elevation loss.

The second part of the Enduro Cup series will be held at the Canyons Resort on July 19 and 20. The series final will be held Aug. 18 at Snowbasin in conjunction with the Mt. Ogden 100K race.

“The feedback we have received from riders about this new series is really incredible,” said Enduro Cup event director Dan Roper. “MSI is fortunate to be part of this emerging discipline of bike racing.”